Goat Yoga a Big Hit For Some Herriman High Students

Goat on student's backIt was all smiles for a group of Herriman High students who decided to try a unique way of team building and bonding over the summer. They headed to a farm near Saratoga Springs for some ‘Goat Yoga.’ The students are Herriman High cheerleaders and student government leaders who quickly learned why goats and yoga go together. The goats naturally want to climb to the highest point close to them and that happened to be the backs of yoga participants. It was a wonderful way for students to relax, bond and build friendships while exercising and interacting with the carefree and kind-hearted goats. It was a new experience and a way of bringing students together that resulted in big smiles all around.

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West Hills Middle Students Bring Comfort to Children Thousands of Miles Away

Picture of West Hills Middle School StudentsIt was part of a lesson in Geography that turned into much more for some students at West Hills Middle School. They were studying refugees and migration when they decided to do something to help bring smiles to young children thousands of miles away. The West Hills students used donated materials to make 85 stuffed bears, which were given to an organization called ‘Dolls of Hope.’ The organization gave the bears to another group, the Chios Eastern Shore Response Team, which meets and rescues refugees coming in by raft to the eastern shore of Greece.

All of the bears were distributed to children to comfort them, ease their anxiety and let them know they are loved.

Chinese Delegation Visits Foothills Elementary

Chinese Delegation Visits Foothills ElementaryA special group of dignitaries from China paid a visit to Foothills Elementary School recently to observe students and educators in the Chinese Dual Language Immersion (DLI) classrooms in the school.

Accompanied by Foothills principal Cherie Wilson, several administrators and staff members from Jordan School District, as well as State Senator Howard Stephenson, Dan Stephenson, Randy Favero from the Silver Park Group and Utah Chinese DLI Director Stacy Lyon, the delegation from China was in Utah as a part of a program to explore a joint educational and cultural program called Sister Communities of Learning.

The delegation came from the Jiading District of China, which is a suburban district in the northwestern part of Shanghai. They included Mr. Wang Hao, The People’s Government of Jiading District Deputy Mayor, Mr. Yao Wei, The Education Bureau of Jiading District Director, Mr. Shen Feng, The Cultural, Radio, Film and Television Administration Bureau of Jiading District Director, Mr. Fang Jian, The General Office of the People’s Government of Jiading District Deputy Director, Ms. Qian Weiqin Jiangqiao Town People’s Government of Jiading District Deputy Director, and Ms. Zhang Hongxia, Waigang Town People’s Government of Jiading District Deputy Director. The group was accompanied by Mr. Huang Jinsong and Mr. William Wang from Qtone, a company that is involved with the STEM center in China.

Through exchanging ideas and cultural experiences in a collaborative learning environment, students and educators in Utah and China can have the opportunity to work together on projects, competitions, cross-border exchanges, as well as curriculum development. The program aims to focus on activities that will assist students in increasing their knowledge across all STEAM areas. Students will also benefit from cross-cultural learning, furthering opportunities for all participants.

The delegation visited other school districts along the Wasatch Front to learn more about DLI programs and how schools can benefit from cross-cultural experiences, as well as building Sister Communities of Learning partnerships.

Foothills Elementary Hosts Patriotic Salute to America

Foothills Students Pledge AllegianceA patriotic salute to our nation, the flag and veterans from all branches of the military took place during the stirring ‘Young American Assembly’ at Foothills Elementary School.

Fifth graders from Foothills sang rousing renditions of songs, such as “America,” “The Presidents Song,” “God Bless America,” and “The Star Spangled Banner.” Also a medley of the military songs affiliated with each branch of the armed forces was performed. Students presented skits and saluted America through spoken word narrations and poems.

The program is a great reminder to all of us about how great our country is and to offer our gratitude to all those who serve.

Riverton High Has Outstanding Driver Education Teacher of the Year!

Picture of Steve GalleyHe is passionate about driver education and is continually looking for ways to improve his teaching. That is just one reason why Riverton High’s Steve Galley was recognized as this year’s Zero Fatalities Driver Education Teacher of the Year.

The Utah Driver Education Teacher of the Year is someone who continually inspires novice drivers to learn how to be safe on Utah roads, sets high expectations in the classroom and has earned the respect and admiration of students, colleagues, and the community.

During an awards ceremony, Zero Fatalities said Steve has created a pacing guide with unit plans to clearly articulate curriculum and expectations to students. He understands the importance of parent involvement in driver education and has created a booklet outlining habits and help for parents and students to work together to learn safety and rules of the road.

Steve is a Champion of Zero Fatalities Parent Nights and expects every one of his students to attend. He volunteered and was a huge contributor on the writing committee for the new driver education standards.

Congratulations, Steve. Thank you for your commitment to ensure new drivers are safe for years to come.